- Newcomer Bojan Bogdanovic is seeking a contract extension after arriving in a trade with the Jazz, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
- Given that Bogdanovic is entering the final year of his deal, some teams were hesitant to pursue him fully in a trade, Stein indicated. Bogdanovic is due to earn $19.3 million this season.
- The Pistons could potentially move Bogdanovic again before the February trade deadline. But as RealGM relayed, want to see if they can contend for at least the play-in tournament first.
Johnson has been set to take over the spot from Jae Crowder, something that prompted Crowder to request a trade. The Suns are sitting Crowder as they seek a deal.
“He’s more than a shooter,” Williams said of Johnson, via Olson. “He’s got playmaking, he has the ability to be a connector because he’s a willing passer and his athletic ability is something most people don’t talk about. … Defensively is where I told him he has to draw the line in the sand, if you will.
“When he’s guarding smaller guys or if some of these dynamic guys that he’s gotta guard. Conversely, I think about those guys having to guard him and that is something that’s exciting when you think about how it could open up our offense.”
“Klay won’t play in either game here in Japan. Just feel more comfortable giving him a little more of a ramp up,” Kerr said, via Angelina Martin of NBC Sports Bay Area. “He’s just not quite ready to play at this point, just based on where — we’re so early in camp. We just want to be safe and make sure he gets a good ramp up before he plays in games.”
Thompson returned to action last season after missing more than a year with a torn ACL, followed by a ruptured Achilles.
“Just common sense,” Kerr said, via Martin. “Coming off the two years with the injuries, and this is really unique to play a game after three and a half practices.
“So we’re just being cautious and trying to do the smart thing.”